Bed bugs are a very hearty type of pest that can be difficult to get rid of. If you have bed bugs in your home, you will need the services of a bed bug exterminator if you want to eliminate the problem and ensure that there are no bed bugs reproducing in your home. While bed bugs do not carry diseases like mosquitos, most people do not want to sleep in a room that is infested by bed bugs. Thus, knowing what to look for and being able to identify the signs of a bed bug infestation will make it possible to set up extermination services as soon as possible. Some of the most common symptoms and signs of a bed bug infestation in a home include the following:
Bed Bug Shells
Bed bugs grow in size throughout their life cycle, and as they grow, they will shed their outer shell. If you have a bed bug infestation, you may not see the bugs themselves initially, but you will most likely find evidence that shows that they are molting their exoskeleton. Since bed bug infestations are not uncommon, it is a good idea for homeowners to regularly inspect their mattress, box spring, bed frame, and the baseboards surrounding the bed for any signs of bed bug shells, which may indicate that the room or home needs to be treated by an exterminator.
Bed Bug Feces
Like any other living things, bed bugs defecate after feedings. Since bed bugs tend to live and congregate around beds where their food source sleeps, evidence of bed bug feces is usually apparent if there is an infestation. In most cases, bed bug feces are dark brown or black, and you may find small spots of it smeared on your bed's sheets, the mattress, or the box spring. If you are finding unexplained stains on your bed, do not brush them off or ignore them — having your home treated for bed bugs as soon as possible will help prevent the infestation from growing.
Bed bugs survive by feeding on the blood of human hosts. If you have one or two bug bites on your body, there is no reason to automatically assume that you have bed bugs in your home since many different types of bugs bite. But if you and your partner both discover fresh bites after waking up from a night's sleep, it is a good idea to have your room inspected for bed bugs.